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The Tour of California bike race normally starts in Northern California and travels south. This year they travel south to north. If you want to see some bike racing, Friday is when the show comes closer to home.
Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California will be an individual time trial in San Jose on Friday. This is a 19.8 mile course that begins near Calero Reservoir and ends with a very steep climb up Metcalf Road. Triathletes who raced on this course in the 90’s called this climb the “Metcalf Mauler”.
Stage 7 is a 91.4 mile road course that starts in Livermore and ends at the top of Mt. Diablo. With 10,384 feet of climbing, this is the second biggest day of elevation gain. The crowds on Mt. Diablo were among the largest ever seen on a mountain route last year.
The final day of racing will be on Sunday with an 81.6 mile route from San Francisco to Santa Rosa. The riders will cross the Golden Gate Bridge and ride up Hwy. 1 through Point Reyes, Bodega Bay, and Occidental.
The overall leader after 3 days of racing is Janier Acevedo, with Tejay Van Garderen and Philip Deignan in second and third place. Peter Sagan won stage 3 today, bringing his total stage wins in the Tour of California to 9. Levi Leipheimer was the former stage win record holder with 7 wins.
Live coverage of the tour is available on the NBC Sports Network.